Improperly Loaded Cargo Truck Accidents
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Trucking companies are focused on making as much profit as possible, which
is why some of them overload their trucks and have their drivers work
long hours without taking breaks. Besides overloading their trucks with
cargo, many also improperly load the cargo, which is extremely dangerous.
When cargo is improperly loaded onto a truck, all it takes is a slight
shift in order for it to cause a serious
truck accident. Following a truck accident, there are many different parties involved
including the trucking company, their insurance company, you and your
family and your insurance company.
Over my 40 years of experience, my firm has collected over $65 million
for injured clients, and I have a long list of
case victories to show for it.
In order to protect yourself after a truck accident, it is important to
remember that the trucking company and their insurance carrier are only
looking out for their own best interests. At my firm, the Law Offices
of Joel Parker, we always practice with the client's best interests at heart.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, you should
consult with a San Fernando Valley personal injury lawyer from my firm.
Examples of Improperly Loaded Cargo
Since properly loading truck cargo is of such importance, there are regulations
and handbooks published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
(FMCSA). Truck drivers are responsible for properly loading cargo, which
is why it is so vital that they are properly trained on how to load and
unload the truck. A reasonable and knowledgeable truck driver should be
able to recognize when cargo is improperly loaded. Some examples of what
not to do, include:
- Unevenly disturbing the weight
- Having the weight distributed in a way that causes a high center of gravity
- Having an overloaded or under loaded truck
- Improperly bracing and securing the cargo
- Improperly tying down the cargo with tiedowns that cannot hold the weight
- Protecting the edge of the cargo so that it does not cut the tiedowns
- Failing to properly cover the cargo
- Failing to have header boards around the cargo to stop any spilling
- Failing to separate small livestock loads with false bulkheads
When truck drivers fail to notice these types of mistakes, the chances
of getting into a truck accident are much higher. When cargo is improperly
loaded, it is much easier for it to shift around or even break lose. If
you believe that improperly loaded cargo was the direct
cause of the accident, you may be able to file a claim against the trucking company so that
they can compensate you for your injuries and any other damages.
Recovering Compensation for Truck Accident Victims
If you or a loved one has sustained serious injuries due to improperly
loaded cargo, my firm can help you collect restitution for the damage.
When you file a claim, you may be reimbursed for your medical bills, physical
therapy costs, hospitalization expenses, loss of earnings as well as for
your pain and suffering. My firm has been practicing
personal injury law for 40 years and I will relentlessly pursue justice on your behalf.
I have assisted thousands of clients in recovering a fair settlements and
I will work to maximize your injury settlement as well. When it comes
to personal injury cases, my firm operates on a
contingency fee basis, meaning that clients don't have to pay unless I win their case.
Call us today to speak with a San Fernando Valley injury lawyer about your case.
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